Rebecca Zeller of Ra Ra Riot
The band Ra Ra Riot is performing on Mountain Stage this
weekend, and they have not one, but two string players (ok, guitars are string
instruments too, but I mean the kind you’d normally find in an orchestra, bowed
strings). Violinist Rebecca Zeller and cellist Alexandra Long are both members
of the band.
I’d read that they were “classically trained,” but that phrase is pretty vague and overused, so I was happy to get a chance to speak with
violinist Rebecca Zeller.
We talked about the transition from classical violin studies
to being in a band. Zeller discusses the things that she had to learn and
unlearn, and how she and Long come up with their parts and fit their instruments
into the guitar-dominated world of pop-rock music.
Interview with violinist Rebecca Zeller
You can also hear a profile of Zeller on West Virginia Morning later this week (I'll post it here once it's online!). Ra Ra Riot will be performing Sunday at the Culture Center in Charleston on Mountain Stage; the show will be on the radio in May.
You can also see her rocking out on the violin in some of
the band’s videos:
This one features a confusing amount of cats in addition to the band: